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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Sectors & skills: the need for policy alignment
Editor:Kraak, AndreISNI
Year:2009
Pages:354
Language:English
City of publisher:Cape Town
Publisher:Human Sciences Research Council
ISBN:0796922659; 9780796922656
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:human resources
labour market
skilled workers
industrial policy
science and technology policy
External link:https://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/books/sectors-and-skills
Abstract:This collective volume argues the case for greater alignment between industrial and skills development policies in South Africa. Such policy alignment requires a detailed disaggregation of the national economy to the sectoral and enterprise levels, which in turn reveals high levels of differentiation and unevenness between and within sectors of the economy. The heterogeneity within and between sectors 'on the ground' suggests that the State's current and highly aggregated 'one-size-fits-all' skills development policy is inappropriate when applied equally across all sectors of the South African economy. Successive chapters examine several of the priority sectors, subsectors and technology platforms identified by government in its recent policy texts. The chapters segment the national economy across five differing clusters of sectors: high-tech sectors (automotive, aerospace, 'big science' technology platforms such as space science, nuclear energy and biotechnology); resource-based sectors (metals, chemicals, wood, paper and pulp); public infrastructure sectors (energy, transport); labour-intensive sectors (clothing and textiles, agroprocessing, creative industries); and services sectors (financial services, ICT, tourism). Contributors: Sean Archer, Justin Barnes, Nicci Earle-Malleson, Shane Godfrey, Jan Havenga, Avril Joffe, Andre Kraak, Erika Kraemer-Mbula, Jeff Lomey, Jo Lorentzen, Paul Lundall, Kent McNamara, Johann Maree, Mike Morris, Monica Newton, Andrew Paterson, Il-haam Petersen, Duncan Pieterse, Thomas E. Pogue, Lyn Reed, Joan Roodt, Rhoanda van Zyl. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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